2002-09-28 / Community

Weiner: Jerusalem Is Israel’s Capital

Weiner: Jerusalem Is Israel’s Capital

The House of Representatives has passed legislation authored by Rep. Anthony Weiner providing for official U.S. recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.  The measure, H.R.1643 the Israeli Capital Recognition Act, passed as an amendment to the State Department's authorization, and awaits only final Senate approval before heading to the President's desk for signature.

For thousands of years, Jews have recognized Jerusalem as the eternal, undivided capital of Israel.  So has the Israeli government, making Jerusalem it's official capital in 1949.

  But not the United States government.

"Jerusalem is the only foreign capital in the world that the U.S. refuses to recognize.  This, despite the fact that Israel is the United States' staunchest ally in one of the most world's most volatile and important regions," Weiner says.

Weiner's legislation will, at long last, bring U.S./Israeli diplomatic relations in line with those of our other great allies. Weiner's bill will:

Bring the American Consulate in Jerusalem under the direct supervision of the American Embassy in Tel Aviv, just like every other U.S. consulate in a foreign country.

Require the State Department to list Jerusalem as the capital of Israel whenever and wherever it lists countries and their capitals.

Make the Secretary of State list Israel as the country of origin for U.S. citizens born in Jerusalem on passports, birth certificates, and certificates of nationality.

  "With the United States prosecuting the war on terror across the globe, and with conflict looming in Iraq, U.S.-Israeli relations are more important now than they have ever been," said Rep. Weiner.  "And during our time of national crisis, Israel has been with us every step of the way.  It's time we recognize that Israel's rightful and eternal capital is located in Jerusalem."

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